Some moments can be captured only once in a lifetime and when that moment comes you better hold on to it and make it last by photographing it with your camera. Here is a revision of the most unique moments captured on national geographic photos in the past 3 years.
A big thanks to all professional photographers that are out there, bringing this kind of beautiful photography into our lives.Â They are one happy people and there is only one thing to be said about there efforts.Â Sometimes happiness is a blessing, but generally it is a conquest. Each day’s magic moment helps
The 14th Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Döndrub, the 5th child of a large family in the farming village of Qinghai, China. At the age of 2, he was picked out as the rebirth of the thirteenth Dalai Lama and sent for formal monastic training to become a Buddist monk and eventually become the spiritual head of the Tibetan people.
He was formally enthroned as the Dalai Lama in 1950, shortly after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. He was thrust into a position of immense significance becoming both spiritual and political leader to a country under invasion and occupation.
After several years of Chinese occupation, the Dalai Lama escaped the country into India. He feared capture by the Chinese so reluctantly decided to leave, setting up a government in exile. After meeting with the prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru allowed the Dalai Lama and upto 80,000 Tibetan exiles to set up a government in exile in Dharamshala, India.
The Dalai Lama has followed a long campaign of non-violent resistence to the Chinese occupation. He has frequently called on the Chinese to respect the basic human rights of the indigenous Tibetans and end the migration of the ethnic Han Chinese into Tibet. In 1987 he proposed a five point peace plan about the future of Tibet and called Tibet to be made into a zone of peace. He also secured United Nations resolutions to support the right for Tibetan self-determination.
As well as being the leader of the political struggle for Tibet, he has taught extensively on Buddhist philosophy, and in particular his teachings of loving kindness and the spiritual practise of Dzogchen.
The Dalai Lama has met with many representatives of different religions. The Dalai Lama has been keen to stress the underlying unity of different religions; he has even said he is not keen to convert people to Buddhism
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” – As quoted in Especially for Christians: Powerful Thought-provoking Words from the Past (2005) by Mark Alton Rose, p. 19
“I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.”
“I don’t want to convert people to Buddhism — all major religions, when understood properly, have the same potential for good.” – from Nobel prize acceptance speech 1989
He said Pope John Paul II was sympathetic to his plight, even though he was reluctant to antagonise the Chinese because of the plight of Catholics in China.
The Dalai Lama wrote frequently about the way to inner peace and happiness. He said
* Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer. -The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom (1998) edited by Renuka Singh”
“I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. Practice brings the clear realisation of the oneness of all human beings and the importance of others benefiting by your actions. “
Pele is the most iconic footballer of the twentieth Century. He epitomised the flair, joy and passion the Brazilians bought to the game.
Pele’s career spanned many the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
In his early career, the young and unknown Pele helped inspire Brazil to victory in the 1958 World Cup. In 1966, Brazil were hot favourites, but, lost out to the home nation England.
His crowing glory was the Brazilian victory in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. In this world cup, some of the football played by Brazil and Pele was sheer class. Brazil won the final 4-1 against Italy; it was a genuine advertisement for the ‘beautiful game’ and a fitting pinacle of Pele’s international career.
Pele went on to score over 1,000 goals in professional games. (The 1000th goal coming as a penalty in the US league sparking celebrations around the world).
Pele finished his career in the lucrative US league and after retiring has gone onto be a great ambassador for football and sport in general. He is not only one of the most gifted footballers of his generation, but, also a mild mannered man who used his fame and prestige for a positive effect.
“It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negores as simply a racial conflict of black against white.. Rather we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploited…”
Malcolm X was an influential and controversial figure in the American civil rights movements of the 1960s. He preached a radical philosophy of racial equality
“Let the government know that if they don’t stop the Klan, we’ll stop it ourselves.. by any means necessary… Now.. the press calls us racist and people who are violent in reverse… Well, if a criminal comes around your house with his gun, brother.. it doesn’t make you a robber because you grab your gun and run him out.”
Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925. His father was a Baptist preacher and staunch supporter of Marcus Garvey – a radical exponent of black rights. Later, Malcolm’s father was murdered by locals.
As a youngster he was shocked when he told his teacher he wised to become a lawyer. His teacher responded.
“Lawyer, that’s no realistic goal for a nigger… Why don’t you plan on carpentry?”
Malcom says after that his attitude to the white establishment soured.
As a teenager, Malcom became heavily involved in selling drugs in Harlem’s criminal world. He was often on the run from the police and at age 21 he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years at Charlestown State prison. He gained a nickname ‘Satan’ for his antireligious attitude. However, during his time in prison he become increasingly receptive to the message of Islam brought to him by his brother Reginald.
On release from prision he become closely involved with the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammed. Possessing great skills of oratory and persuasion, Malcom X was made ministry of the Nation of Islam’s New York Temple.
The Nation of Islam became an important faction in the civil rights movement. They were more militant than the non-violent civil rights movement and were often criticised for being unpatriotic.
Malcom X said On being American.
“Sitting at the table [with nothing to eat] doesn’t make you a diner.. Being here in America doesn’t make you an American”
In 1963, Malcolm X split from the Nation of Islam after revelations of the leader Elijah Muhammed having fathered children with former secretaries. His split created great animosity and he received many threats in the next few years.
He made a pilgrimage to Mecca and travelled aroudn the world becoming an international celebrity. He was struck by the evidence of greater interracial harmony in the rest of the world.
On February, 21, 1965 he was assasinated in New York, by rival Black Muslims though there remains controversy over who his real killer was.
Malcolm X, undoubtedly had a powerful impact on influencing American society and attitudes to race. He was instrumental in forging the movement of black power and radicalism that departed from the more non-violent approach of Martin Luther King
Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) until the age of 13. He then attended Stowe School until he was 15. Branson has dyslexia, resulting in his not having been a good student. He was the captain of football and cricket teams, and by the age of 15 he had started two ventures that eventually failed: one growing Christmas trees and another raising budgerigars.
At 16, Branson quit school and moved to London, where he began his first successful business, Student magazine. When he was 17, he opened his first charity, the “Student Valley Centre”. Branson started his first record business after he travelled across the English Channel and purchased crates of “cut-out” records from a record discounter. He sold the records out of the boot of his car to retail outlets in London. He continued selling cut-outs through a record mail order business in 1970. Trading under the name “Virgin” he sold records for considerably less than the so-called “High Street” outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith.
Branson eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London and, shortly after, launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell. Branson had earned enough money from his record store to buy a country estate, in which he installed a recording studio. He leased out studio time to fledgling artists, including multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield.
Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, Virgin Blue in Australia in 2000, and later failed in a 2000 bid to handle the National Lottery.
In 1997, Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business. Virgin Trains won the franchises for the former Intercity West Coast and Cross-Country sectors of British Rail.
In 1993, Branson received the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University.
He became Sir Richard Branson when he was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for “services to entrepreneurship”.
Richard Branson considers himself a libertarian and has supported the legalisation of cannabis.